The way we feel about ourselves subconsciously influences the type of image we project. People who are confident often seem to be courageous, attractive, and successful. On the other hand, those who have limited confidence in themselves sometimes project an aura of weakness or vulnerability. Neither type of characteristics is necessarily accurate, but confidence, or lack of, influences our self-image as well as what others think about us. While there are many cosmetic treatments, mannerisms, and clothing styles you can use to be more self-assured, a simple smile can do just as much. Here are four ways to enhance your confidence just by smiling.
People who frequently smile not only look happier, but they often feel happier, also. The gesture of lifting the corners of your mouth upward to smile, if genuine, sends a positive message to the brain that promotes a sense of well being within. Recipients of your smile may smile back and experience the good will sensation of contentment and possibly appreciation. You can also take the “fake it til you make it” approach and convince your brain that you are happy by smiling, even when you don’t feel like it. The more you smile, the more natural it becomes, so do it often, and your confidence will likely soar.
Dentists generally recommend that most people brush their teeth after every meal or at least twice a day. Flossing is suggested at least daily or as needed. Certain types of mouth rinse products may be prescribed or recommended to protect the teeth against plaque, tartar, and decay. Take to your dentist about what your hygiene routine should look like based on the harmful foods or drinks you have daily, the sensitivity of your teeth, and your dental history. You may need to brush more often than other people or with a particular type of toothpaste to keep your smile healthy.
Dental office cosmetic procedures may include whitening trays or treatments to remove stains from teeth and make them look brighter. White teeth are often associated with a youthful, attractive look. Veneers may also be suggested for improving the appearance of broken, chipped, dingy, or misaligned teeth. Cosmetic dental specialists, like the Smile Architects, can answer questions and provide more information about these and other at-home cosmetic procedures.
For missing teeth, an overbite or underbite, and tipped or twisted teeth, you may want to consider getting an orthodontic assessment. Sometimes corrections can be made in these and other conditions that leads to speedy results. Gaps between teeth can be filled to provide a healthier and more youthful appearance. Don’t panic though! Orthodontia does not always mean having traditional braces for years. There are other options for adults that can be quicker, more discreet, and less embarrassing for you.
If you have a possible need for other procedures, such as crowns, receding gums, or root canals, ask your dentist for a referral to a specialist. Ensuring your teeth are healthy, strong, and attractive, you can be more confident about your appearance and the glowing impact of a beautiful smile.